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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

A special November supplement to the journal Medical Care presents the progress and lessons learned from the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI). The supplemental issue presents nine papers describing the 2008-2013 multi-state initiative that tested a replicable, sustainable implementation model to transform primary care safety net practices into patient-centered medical homes with benchmark performance in quality, efficiency and patient experience.

For anyone seeking to transform the American healthcare system, the SNMHI experience provides important lessons to demonstrate how practice redesign can be achieved, said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, principal investigator for the SNMHI and Qualis Health President and CEO. This initiative shows that successful implementation relies on a planned, sequenced approach, with an early focus on ensuring engaged leadership and a robust quality improvement strategy.

In an effort to improve patient care, retain high-quality primary care providers, and control costs, practices across the U.S. are transforming to patient-centered medical homes. As the first national demonstration project to focus on accelerating medical home transformation in the safety net, the SNMHI provides important insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with redesigning primary care among practices serving the most vulnerable, underserved populations. The project was implemented at 65 safety net practices in Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

The supplement is now available online at http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2014/11001. The issue reports on the progress made by the participating clinics, and includes baseline and interim observations from an evaluation of the SNMHI conducted by the University of Chicago. Outcome findings are expected in 2015 and 2016. The supplemental issue was made possible with funding from The Commonwealth Fund, and features manuscripts contributed by Qualis Health, the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute, The University of Chicago, and The Commonwealth Fund. Rated as one of the top ten journals in health care administration, Medical Care is the official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association.

About the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

The SNMHI was led by Qualis Health and the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, supported by The Commonwealth Fund. The SNMHI was grounded in the efforts of five regional coordinating centers and 65 safety net practice sites, and generated a freely available library of resources proven to effectively guide the transformation of primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes. The SNMHI developed, tested and refined an evidence-based framework for PCMH transformationThe Change Concepts for Practice Transformation supported by a comprehensive library of resources and tools to help practices understand and implement the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model of Care. After extensive testing, the model and its resources have now been used effectively by primary care practices of all types including community health centers, private practices, academic medical centers, critical access hospitals, and VA and Indian Health Service sites. All resources are free and in the public domain, and can be accessed at http://www.SafetyNetMedicalHome.org.


About Qualis Health

Qualis Health is one of the nations leading population health management organizations, and a leader in improving care delivery and patient outcomes, working with clients throughout the public and private sector to advance the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare for millions of Americans every day. We deliver solutions to ensure that our partners transform the care they provide, with a focus on process improvement, care management and effective use of health information technology. For more information, visit http://www.QualisHealth.org.

About the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute

Named for a Group Health founder and pioneering physician, the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) was established in 1992 and is led by Michael Parchman, MD, MPH. In the mid-1990s the Center developed the Chronic Care Model, a widely endorsed and adopted approach to improving ambulatory care that has guided clinical quality initiatives in the United States and internationally. For more than 20 years MacColl has supported the transformation of health care delivery through innovative research, model development, training and technical assistance. To learn more about this work, visit http://www.MacCollCenter.org. For information on Group Health Research Institute, go to http://www.grouphealthresearch.org.

About The Commonwealth Fund

The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. For more information, please visit http://www.commonwealthfund.org

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At 10:45 a.m. on October 26th, The Crowley Company and InoTec Organisationssysteme GmbH will unveil the InoTec SCAMAX 8×1 production scanner in Booth 1621 at the ARMA records management conference in San Diego, California. This unveiling is significant, says Matthew McCabe, Crowley vice president, because it introduces another competitor to a market that has been owned by a very few well-respected brands such as BancTec, OPEX and ibml. States McCabe, InoTec is known internationally for manufacturing high-volume desktop scanners with excellent image quality and an unusually low cost of ownership. Now, he says, theyve taken this formula and engineered the next generation of the SCAMAX family an ultra-high-performance scanner suitable for all daily high volume scanning applications including mailrooms, business processing operations, accounting records, medical records, claims processing and others.

Wolf-Christopher Gramatte of Germany, InoTec vice director of international sales, will be present for the debut and notes that high performance scanners used in daily production environments are subject to very high expectations. Owners and operators require high scan speeds, strong image quality and a long life expectancy. In addition to meeting these expectations, the 8×1 design also offers outstanding paper handling, maximum operator comfort, space savings and a low total cost of ownership.

With a considerably smaller footprint than the competitive open track scanners, the SCAMAX 8×1 is built up instead of out. This construction means that the scanner does not require the physical space of its competitors to perform the same task. It is height adjustable for best operator ergonomics and has a patented dual hopper system. Says Gramatte, With the SCAMAX 8×1, a single operator is able to run two scanners easily or to be more efficient on a single system. Being able to scan a project with few operators or in less time is an automatic cost-savings for the owner.

I first saw the beta 8×1 in Germany earlier this year, says McCabe. It was impressive then and the modifications and improvements that have been made since to bring it to market this quarter have elevated it even further. This is a scanner that should offer end-users and service bureaus especially those with space and staff constraints a competitive option that we believe will quickly pay for itself. Many of these will be at ARMA, so this is the ideal opportunity to bring the SCAMAX 8×1 to North America for the first time.

To highlight the efficiency of the scanner, attendees will be asked during each demonstration to estimate the speed (in seconds) at which the SCAMAX 8×1 will digitize a high volume of test documents. The participant that guesses the closest at the end of the show will win an ipad mini.

A preview video of the SCAMAX 8×1 can be seen here.

For those who will not be attending ARMA, Crowley is also offering an East Coast preview at its Frederick, Md. headquarters on Wednesday, November 5th. The Crowley Company is the exclusive U.S. distributor of InoTec document scanning products.

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While the debut of the SCAMAX 8×1 is expected to be a big draw, The Crowley Company will also demonstrate capture hardware and software for other areas of records management and preservation. The companys booth will be divided into three stations: document scanning; micrographics; and patron scanning.

Document Scanning

By far the greatest need of records managers, says McCabe, is the ability to digitize, archive and distribute records electronically, either in-house or to the public. To that end, for production-level clients, well be demonstrating the SCAMAX 8×1 document scanner, of course, and InoTecs desktop model, the 4×3 document scanner. For smaller volumes, or for clients that need a scanner at every desk for distributed scanning, well be showing two products from the extensive Avision line, the new AD240 and the 320E2+.


Crowleys micrographics station will feature the firms two manufactured brands, Mekel Technology and Wicks and Wilson. Although much of records management is document-based, says McCabe, there are still millions, if not billions, of images on microfilm, microfiche and aperture cards that require access. These can include personnel records, financial records, engineering drawings you name it. The systems on display will include the Mekel MACH10 microfilm scanner, the Mekel MACH 7 microfiche scanner, the IMAGELINK i7380 Reference Archive scanner, the Wicks and Wilson C400 aperture card scanner and UTrieve, the companys cloud-based image retrieval system, which is also making its debut.

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For many of our records management clients, especially those who have requests for copies of records from walk-ins those that just walk in the door looking for information such as county offices, medical facilities or libraries who may not have all of their archives digitized, Crowley provides two types of scanners, says McCabe. Both are very affordable and allow a patron to walk in the door, research something like a deed, medical chart or genealogical record from either bound materials or microform, and then scan to thumb drive, email or the cloud. The Zeutschel zeta is an overhead book copy system that allows for the scanning of bound books or single sheets. The UScan Universal Film Series scanner reads and scans from microfilm, microfiche, aperture cards, photo negatives and more. Not suitable for high-volume scanning, it is ideal for walk-up patrons or small corporate archives.

Attendees may visit Crowley ARMA Booth 1621 with this free Expo-only pass.


About The Crowley Company

The Crowley Company is a world-leader in digital and analog film technologies and provides an extensive number of digital document and film conversion services to the academic, publishing, commercial, government and archive sectors. The company manufactures, distributes and services high-speed microfilm, microfiche, aperture card, book and document scanners, microfilm duplicators, film processors and micrographics equipment. Manufactured brands include Mekel Technology, Wicks and Wilson, HF Processors and Extek Microsystems.

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